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Prep the location

task done by art department

Dresses the set

2nd task done by art department

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Getting all of the necessary equipment on location

Staging area

Area where all equipment is kept

Tech rehearsal

Basic run through of the scene to be shot, including dialogue and blocking

Into character

Get the actor into the emotional and psychological space necessary to pull off the scene


Used for blocking and pulling focus

Verbal slate

includes the name of project and director, the roll number, the date, the recording sample rate and the headtone level

Run through

Everyone proceeds as if actually filming. Allows for making final adjustments

Calling the shot

standardized routine for every sync sound take on a double system film production. "roll sound"


if the director is happy with the take, then it is marked as this

In the can

when a movie is completed

Safety take

A take just incase something were to go wrong

Video assist

Small video pick-up device, attached to the camera viewing system, which records low-quality video of each take.


Shooting without sound

Tail slate

means the verbal marker and slate clap are done at the end of the shot

Checking the gate

taking a close look at the aperture plate in the cameras gate to make sure there are no hairs or debris that would show up permanently on the image

Orangewood stick

stick to remove debris from the gate

Lined script

copy of the screenplay that contains a record of what parts of the script have been successfully shot and from what angle

Strike the set

Last task of a film crew's day. taking everything down

Wrap out

last set strike, includes returning the last location to its former state,

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